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Drapers' Maylands pupils visit construction site of new Harold Hill school

PUBLISHED: 12:56 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:56 07 November 2016

Pupils from Drapers' Maylands primary visit their new school construction site

Pupils from Drapers' Maylands primary visit their new school construction site

Nicholas Giles Drapers Mayland's primary school

Pupils were taken on a unusual trip to the top of the cranes overlooking the building site, where their new school is taking shape.

Children attending Drapers’ Maylands Primary School had the opportunity to meet the contractors Galliford Try, who are building their new classrooms in Settle Road, Harold Hill.

Kitted out in hard-hats and boots, pupils in Year 1 and Early Years spent a morning last week talking to the builders and climbing on the machinery, which is constructing the new school due to welcome students from September next year.

Principal Trudy Spillane said: “It is such a privileged opportunity to visit the school being built, the children are able to have ownership of their school from the ground up - literally.

“We watched as a staircase was lowered into place by a giant crane. That’s not something a teacher or child can say that they have witnessed every day.

“In years to come, when the children climb those stairs to the Year 6 classrooms, they will be able to remember the moment they saw the staircase created. What wonderful memories. The next site visit is already being planned.”

The £6million purpose-built building will be run Draper’s multi-academy trust and it is expected to have up to 420 pupils, when it reaches full capacity in 2022.

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